Weather: Everyone experiences it. In addition to our humanity and our egos, it is a common denominator that binds us together. But we also experience it differently. In the case of extremely large hail, we in the United States might compare the size of hailstones to, say, golf balls, as this recent Gawker article did:
In China, golf is still a rather elitist sport, and at any rate nowhere near as popular as table tennis. When a flash thunderstorm struck a Beijing suburb yesterday, many news outlets reported hail the size of ping pong balls:
In case you were wondering, golf balls are 42.67 mm in diameter per U.S. Golf Association regulations, while ping pong balls are slightly smaller at 40 mm per International Table Tennis Federation rules. Hailstones are probably closer in weight to golf balls than ping pong balls, though.